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Reclaimed Wood Diaries: Adventures In Sourcing Part II - Dinizia

Tough as nails, greener than Ipe:  The story of reclaimed Dinizia

It started with a notice from one of our sourcing partners in the Midwest: a tropical hardwood sound barrier was being removed to widen a highway in the Chicago area, and the contractors needed to dispose of it.  Specializing in reclaimed and sustainable wood flooring, cladding & tables, Anthology Woods is always looking for high-quality and unique woods ready for a second life, and the silver-gray weathered patina was beautiful.  Once we had a sample in hand, the discoveries started:

Our wood anatomist determined it to be Dinizia excelsa, a Brazilian native prized for impressive durability, hardness, and resistance to insects & decay.

After 40 years exposed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the wood was in amazing shape – only boards with direct ground contact showed any significant decay.

The fasteners were going to be labor intensive to remove, but we could work with it.  Milling costs would be a bit higher than that for most of our products because of the hardness, but it machined smoothly and finished well.

Beyond the stunning silver-gray patina that would be gorgeous on walls, the wood underneath could be used for decking, flooring, and siding.  The rich wood color was similar to Ipe, and performance was similar to Ipe, as well.  We fell in love with the rich color streaking and interlocked grain patterns.

The Dinizia wood polishes to a rich soft sheen (ironic because it is so hard!).

A Dinizia Conference Table in progress

A Dinizia Conference Table in progress

Dinizia Decking ready to ship

Dinizia Decking ready to ship

Dinizia Flooring and Silvered Dinizia Wall Cladding

Dinizia Flooring and Silvered Dinizia Wall Cladding

Dinizia Cafe Tables

Dinizia Cafe Tables

The verdict?  We took the plunge with this distinctive and rare tropical wood and bought every board we could track down – and have now created a line of decking, siding, flooring, and wall cladding around it – and even built table tops with it, too!  For a limited time, Dinizia will offer a very sustainable alternative to Ipe in applications where hardness and durability are critical.

Please contact us for information or samples pertaining to your next project!

PROJECT LOG: Reclaimed Wood Walls, Barn Door, and Bright Whites Fill a Cozy Cottage in Oregon

Anthology Woods is excited to share photos of this re-built guest cottage in Ashland, Oregon filled with 100 year old reclaimed wood re-used from the original structure.

Reclaimed wood wall cladding from the original structure is re-milled and re-used as wall paneling on the kitchen wall, and the floating shelves were originally joists.

Reclaimed wood wall cladding from the original structure is re-milled and re-used as wall paneling on the kitchen wall, and the floating shelves were originally joists.

When an Ashland couple contacted Coleman Creek Construction to re-build the cozy guest cottage adjoining their southern Oregon residence, it was observed that some of the existing wood in the structure might be re-usable.  A visit from Anthology Woods confirmed a considerable quantity of wood could be reclaimed, re-milled, and truly reincarnated for another life in the new structure!  Michael Hodgin of Coleman Creek saw to the careful deconstruction of the vintage structure circa 1900 and brought it to Anthology Woods where the task of removing metals began.  After metal removal, the wood was cut to a consistent 5" wide plank retaining the original antique rustic aged patina -- a unique wood look earned only through age and exposure.

The reclaimed wood was fastened to the walls and the homeowners chose to paint a portion of it white to brighten the interior - retaining the naturally weathered face on a feature wall that runs continuous through two levels & into a vaulted ceiling.  The soft natural texture of reclaimed wood both warms the space and absorbs more sound than sheet-rocked walls would. 

Coleman Creek also created reclaimed wood floating shelves from old joists in the building, to reside in the kitchen & bathroom.  A sliding barn door provides access to the bathroom, and was also custom-built from salvaged wood in the project. 

Finally, a storage loft was created in the vaulted ceiling, for which reclaimed Douglas Fir beam lumber was sourced from Anthology Woods.  The large reclaimed beams serve both an aesthetic and structural purpose upstairs, and enclose a comfortable sleeping space below. 

This charming and light-filled space was once a dilapidated structure, and now provides a restful guest house that utilizes recycled materials from the original building! 

To get the look of the wall planking, check out FSC certified reclaimed Frontier Blend wood wall paneling from Anthology Woods.  For custom beam needs, please contact us directly with details about your project so we can help you source the perfect wood for your space!


IPE VS. DINIZIA: Battle of the tropical hardwood heavyweights in Decking & Siding

Tropical hardwoods are prized for durability in outdoor environments, and architects and designers have been seeking a sustainable, durable natural wood alternative to Ipe.  The alternative is here, and it is 100% FSC recycled: Reclaimed Dinizia for decking & siding. Here, a direct comparison between Ipe & Dinizia:


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IPE VS. DINIZIA: General Stats




Common Name: Ipe (or Ironwood)

Botanical Name: Tabebuia serratifolia

Common Uses: Bridge Joists, Flooring, Siding, Marine Construction, Docks, etc.

Region: Central & Latin America

Hardness: Janka 3684 

Weight: 62 lbs. / cu. Ft.

Color: Olive-brown with lighter or darker streaks.

Grain: Straight to very irregular

Texture: Fine to medium

Durability: Very resistant to decay & attack by termites.  Resists attack by dry-wood insects. 


Common Name: Angelim

Botanical Name: Dinizia excelsa

Common Uses: Boat building, Bridge beams, Docks, flooring, Marine construction, etc.,

Region: Central & Latin America

Hardness: Janka 3040

Weight: 65 lbs. / cu. Ft.

Color: Reddish-brown, occasionally faint streaks.

Grain: Straight to interlocked

Texture: Medium

Durability: Very durable; Very resistant to attack by decay fungi and termites.  Resists attack by dry-wood insects.


While Ipe and Reclaimed Dinizia exhibit similarities in appearance, hardness, and durability, they are wildly different in terms of sustainability:

IPE VS. DINIZA: Sustainability & Sourcing


Ipe is logged from the rainforest.  Ipe occurs just once per 300,000 to 1,000,000 square feet, and many other trees are typically cut to clear a path to the valuable Ipe.

FSC certified Ipe has become scarce, pulling into question whether any kind of sustainable management is possible for this species.

Ipe is not readily available as a recycled material.  The Ipe currently on the market is from newly-cut trees, and sustainable management/harvest cannot be guaranteed.  It is estimated that 80% of Ipe is harvested illegally 


Reclaimed Dinizia is 100% FSC post-consumer recycled.  You can see the nail holes and rich color patina from previous use, and our reclaiming process is well-documented with photographs from the original structures. 

There is absolutely no question regarding the genuine sustainable nature of reclaimed Dinizia. 


  • Available milled to order in siding, decking & more.

  • Average length is approximately seven feet -- much longer than most reclaimed inventories.

  • Custom millwork and lengths for herringbone or checkerboard decking layouts is available.

  • Price is comparable to FSC Ipe, and the cost to our planet is infinitely lower.

Please contact Anthology Woods for your reclaimed tropical hardwood project needs in decking, siding and landscape applications.  Anthology Woods also custom sources the finest reclaimed Teak flooring, siding, decking and wall paneling, too.

If you wish to better understand the concerns regarding the harvest and sustainability concerns of Ipe trees, here are a few links to explore:

Ipe rejected from the Highline project in New York

Ipe Shortage & Illegal logging

Trail of Stumps